|Barbados is famed for its easy-going calypso culture, where a strong sense of history and culture fuses with a laid-back vibe.
On land with music as one of its societal bedrocks, Barbados revels in a vibrant nightlife.
At sea from the little-developed rugged coastline of the Atlantic eastern flank to the attractive resorts of the Caribbean shoreline, Barbados offers world-class, warm waters for diving and snorkelling. Underwater caves teem with colourful fish amidst vibrant coral reefs.
Barbados’s rainbow of coral reefs offers a pristine watery home to seahorses, sponges and giant sand eels.
Barbados is the birthplace of rum, and, understandably, rum is the island’s favourite tipple. A thousand rum bars offer plenty of choice while Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum producer, on the island’s west coast offers tours - and tastings.
|Currency:||Barbados Dollar (BBD)|
|Dialling code from SA:||+ 246|
|Time Zones:||UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)|
|Public Holidays 2019:||
Jan 1, 21; Apr 19, 22, 28, 29; May 1; Jun 10; Aug 1, 5; Nov 30; Dec 25, 26
|Side of the Road:||Left|
|Best Time to go:||February to May|
|Best For:||Island Relaxation , Historical Sites|
|Plugs:||110-115 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.|
|Drinking Water:||Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.|
|Health:||There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services and usually in cash. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.|
|Customs:||Smart-casual attire is customary for dinner. Normal social courtesies.|
|Local Offences / Laws:||It is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing. Nude sunbathing is illegal.|
|Duty Free:||The following items may be brought into Barbados by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 1L of spirits or wine.
All other articles are subject to import duty, other than personal effects required during your visit.
Prohibited imports include illegal drugs and pornography. Restricted imports include fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds, which may require a permit.
SA High Commission accredited from Kingston, Jamaica.
|Compulsory:||Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)|
|Recommended Travel Vaccines:||Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio|